Background and early career
Adler grew up in Palo Alto, California, then attended Harvard University where he studied biophysics and graduated in June 2006. His father, John R. Adler, is a neurosurgeon at Stanford University and also an entrepreneur.
After graduating from Harvard, Adler contemplated or actually launched various online ventures, including a ride-sharing service, a Craigslist-type site for colleges, a call center called 1-800-ASKTRIP, and a social media site called "Rate your happiness."
The idea for Scribd occurred when Adler was at Harvard and talked with his father about the difficulties of publishing academic papers. He joined cofounders Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam and they attended Y Combinator in Cambridge in the summer of 2006. Scribd was launched from a San Francisco apartment in March 2007. In 2008, it ranked as one of the top 20 social media sites according to Comscore. In June 2009, Scribd launched Scribd Store, and shortly thereafter closed a deal with Simon & Schuster to sell ebooks on Scribd. Adler is currently the CEO of Scribd, where he is responsible for the product as well as the strategic direction of the company.
As a member of the Harvard Surfing team, Adler Participated in the first Ivy League Surf Championships in May 2003. 
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